July 24, 2020
COVID-19 Update - Tabor Court
Dear Families and Friends of Tabor Court:

Visiting Loved Ones
As you know, visitation is open for designated visitors and it has been wonderful seeing families reunited in person, physically distant of course ;)

It is an honour and privilege to make in-person visits possible and our team is working extra hard to ensure every family has equal opportunity and time to see loved ones. We recognize the negative effects this season of isolation has had on the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of both residents and families alike and we are thrilled to see this improving now with the in-person visits.

That being said, there have been some instances of tenants and/or families not following protocol and, simply put, this cannot happen. Not only are we required to abide by Fraser Health protocol, but we want to ensure COVID-19 does not enter Tabor Court. We have worked hard to keep COVID-19 OUT and we would like to keep it this way.

While we understand your excitement in wanting to be with your loved ones and empathize with the long waiting period you endured to get to this moment, we MUST respect and follow the safety measures in place so visits and time with family and friends can continue.

It is imperative that we work together on this. IF Tabor Court were to get an outbreak, visits would be stopped immediately, isolation would be enforced, and mental health would be severely impacted once again, especially for your loved ones here at their home. This is not just Tabor Village protocol, this is Provincial Health protocol.

We want nothing more than to see visits continue and restrictions continue to loosen, but in order for that to occur, safety measures must be followed and protocol, as well as the staff enforcing this protocol, must be respected.

Mandatory Visiting Policy and Protocol:
  • All visits must be scheduled in advance and booked through Jessica Janisch.
  • JJanisch@taborvillage.org or 604-859-8718 ext. 181
  • All visits must take place within the designated visitor area.
  • Visits are 20 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes for screening and travel to designated visitor area.
  • Visitors must purchase and wear their own approved mask for the entire duration of the visit.
  • Visitors cannot hug or touch any residents, your loved one included.
  • Visitors must sign and agree to the required waiver that is provided upon your first visit.
  • Visitors must complete proper hand hygiene before and after visit.

Refusal to sign the waiver, refusal to follow safety measures and/or refusal to abide by Tabor Village protocol is not acceptable nor tolerated and visits will be restricted for all those who do not respect the policies of Tabor Village.

Showing respect and kindness to one another is expected of all families and designated visitors.
TABOR COURT:
Schedule with Jessica Janisch, Recreation Coordinator, Tabor Court
Phone: 604-859- 8718 ext. 181
Designated visitor area includes:
  1. Chapel
Visitation is open:
  • Tuesdays 10am - 11:30am
  • Wednesdays 2pm - 3pm
  • Thursdays 10am - 11:30am
Become COVID Competent
SafeCare BC and Family Caregivers of BC launched a free online course specifically to educate family and friends of residents in long-term care on COVID-19 Social Visitation Essentials.

We highly recommend you take a few minutes to click the below button link to create a free account and take the COVID-19 Social Visitation Essentials course before your first or next visit. Education is pivotal and helps keep COVID-19 out of Tabor Village, ensuring the health and safety of your loved ones.

Help us, help them. We're regularly working to educate ourselves on the most up to date policies and best practices and we invite you to join us in the education journey. Educate yourself so you are well informed and let's do and be better together.
Outings
Provincial Health has announced that outings are permitted for tenants of Assisted Living residences.

It is highly recommended that these be restricted to essential outings only such as medical appointments. Restrictions may have loosened, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues and we all must continue to do our part in minimizing the spread and keeping tenants safe.

There is strict protocol with outings, which is as follows:
  • Masks are to be worn by tenants in public spaces at all times.
  • Both tenant and family member or friend picking up MUST BE SCREENED before leaving the premises by the screener at the front desk. Name, time out, and temp will be recorded by the screener for both tenant and family member(s) picking up.
  • Both tenant and family member(s) MUST BE SCREENED upon their return to Tabor Court. Name, time in, temp, and whereabouts during the outing will be recorded by the screener.
  • Public Health will be doing contact tracing if an outbreak were to occur.
  • Tenant must sanitize hands immediately upon arrival, go directly to their suite and perform proper, thorough hand washing.
  • Tenants and families must maintain physical distancing as much as possible.
  • Tenants and families must minimize contact with others, keep social circles small and refrain from being in large groups of people.
  • Keep outings outdoors as much as possible.
  • If inside the family member's home, there cannot be more than 4 people present, thorough cleaning of the room is required before tenant arrives, and physical distancing should be maintained.
  • Outings can be no longer than 12 hours maximum.
  • Car Hygiene: If picking up your loved one, please ensure you use alcohol based wipes to sanitize high touch areas of your car BEFORE tenant enters.
  • Tenants will be screened twice daily by staff if taking part in outings.
  • Both tenants and families must always follow the general safety guidelines of Public Health including, but not limited to:
  • Regular thorough hand washing of at least 30 seconds, physical distancing, no hugging or touching others, refraining from touching one's face, wearing a mask, and keeping contact with others very minimal.

PLEASE NOTE: A 14-DAY QUARANTINE IS REQUIRED IF:
  • The tenant spends the night out away from Tabor Court.
  • The tenant is gone for more than 12 hours.
  • The tenant visits the hospital for more than 12 hours.
  • The tenant visits the hospital for a surgery of any kind.

Both tenants and families are required to abide by the aforementioned outings policy and general safety guidelines of Public Health. If safety measures are not followed and policies are broken, Tabor Village reserves the right to enforce a 14 day quarantine with the tenant in an effort to protect the 117 other tenants who live at Tabor Court.

Why So Many Rules?
We love seeing families together again and we realize how beneficial this is for the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of tenants and families. We want to see these visits continue, but in order for that to happen, we have to respect and care for one another.

That is what the above policies are for - to care for each other.

It is one thing for you to put yourself at risk, but when part of a community with 117 other tenants, plus staff, it is not acceptable to put them at risk. These policies are for the safety and well-being of the entire Tabor Court community and we hope and trust that you will do your part in putting yours/your loved one's fellow neighbours safety first. Please think twice before going out and consider the risk before proceeding.

Tabor Court has made it this far with zero COVID-19 cases and we want to keep it that way. If an outbreak were to occur, all outings and visits would cease immediately, quarantine would be enforced, and the negative impacts on mental health would return. Please do your part. For yourself, your family, your neighbours, and the staff of Tabor Court.

It's always better when we're working together. Thank you for doing your part.

We Want To Hear From You
If you or your loved ones have questions or concerns, we are here for you to chat, to listen, and to ensure you feel cared for and heard. We want to hear from you and are always open to feedback and how we can continue to improve.

Your sincerely,


Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE
Executive Director
604-859-8715 x 102
Will You Take Up the Challenge?

Restrictions might be loosening around the province, but for healthcare workers, not much has changed. With the Province opening up, there is higher risk of spread, which means Personal Protective Equipment is more important than ever.

PPE is in extremely high demand and the prices are astronomical. We have raised $43,000 of the $100,000 goal.

We have roughly 260 residents Village wide, which means there are 260 families. If every family gave $220 today, we would reach the total $100,000 goal to cover these increasingly high expenses of necessary supplies.

Will you take up the challenge and give $220 as a family?

HOW DO I DONATE?
  • Online: Visit the link below
  • Phone: Call 604-859-8715 ext. 147
  • Cheque, drop off at Tabor Home or mail to
  • Tabor Village 31944 Sunrise Crescent Abbotsford, BC V2T 1N5
  • Designate your gift as "COVID-19 Relief Fund"
Tabor Village | 604.859.8715 | Email | Website

Checks can be made payable to:
Tabor Home Society
31944 Sunrise Crescent
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1N5